[Tasman Fitzer – Bachelor of Arts (Honours) student] I love studying arts and humanities because I think there's just so many places you can go with it. I think what I love about it is you know, there's no sort of right and wrong, it's all about questioning and reasoning, and arguing, and researching, and I really enjoy that.
[Dr Jen Roberts, History Lecturer] Our arts and humanities graduates are so well placed to make a meaningful difference in an unstable world.
[Tasman] I think one of the real great benefits of studying in an area like arts and humanities is that it just covers so many different areas of study. I've got a history major; I've done sociology subjects, I've done English Literature subjects, politics subjects, you know, there's so much on offer and you can really have a try of a whole heap of different things before you really sort of focus in on what you find you
[Dr Roberts] I think it's really important for students to have a fair degree of flexibility in selecting their majors and their minors within an arts or humanities degree. UOW has a fantastic range of different subjects that you're able to sort of have a go at. Not everybody is going to be interested in the same areas of inquiry, or disciplines as we call them, and we want students to be able to really test the waters of what they're passionate about, what they're interested in, and what is meaningful for them.
[Tasman] So this year I've had the awesome opportunity to undertake an honours degree which is, you know, a real research-focused degree, and I've really, really enjoyed that. You sort of become a mini expert in a particular area of interest.
[Dr Roberts] Research skills are highly valued by employers and they make you a very flexible person in terms of your career because they are such transferable skills.
[Tasman] The best experience I've had outside the classroom at the university here is being able to study abroad. I've had the opportunity to go and study over in England at Cambridge University, to study history, and that was such a great experience because you know, well it's my area of focus and you know, something I'm familiar with.
[Tasman] It was a slightly different way of doing things you know, they covered different areas that we didn't cover and that's an opportunity that's available to any student studying here, and there's support and grants available for students to do that.
[Dr Roberts] It's just a real privilege to see them graduate from their degree as highly confident, articulate, analytical thinkers that are going to make a really big difference in their communities and in their future career paths.